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Court keeps dorms, showers open to opposite sex

Biden’s gender-blurring directive threatens private Christian schools


College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. Facebook/College of the Ozarks

Court keeps dorms, showers open to opposite sex

College of the Ozarks must assign students to dormitories and allow them to use bathrooms and showers based on their claimed gender identity, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark, an Obama appointee, said she would issue a written order soon upholding the Biden administration’s rule.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in February announced the rule barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing—including at private colleges and universities. It followed President Joe Biden’s day-one executive order about transgender discrimination.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the College of the Ozarks, a Christian school in Point Lookout, Mo., argued HUD did not give the required notice and hearing that accompanies such a rule change. They also argued the directive went beyond the Fair Housing Act’s ban on sex discrimination.

In the end, Ketchmark denied the college’s request to block enforcement of the rule because no student complaint of discrimination was actually before the court, The Washington Times reported. But ADF counsel Julie Marie Blake during the hearing argued the college didn’t have to “wait for an actual prosecution or enforcement action before challenging a law’s constitutionality,” according to the Springfield News-Leader.

After the hearing, college spokesperson Valorie Coleman said the school would appeal Ketchmark’s ruling.

Blake accused the Biden administration of gutting legal protections for women, girls, and people of faith: “The same day he called for unity, President Biden signed an executive order that does anything but unify.”


Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C.

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My Two Cents

If I were an administrator, I would figure out some legal way to discourage applicants who don’t adhere to the statement of faith, or abide by the mission of the school. “I regret to inform you that you have not been accepted for admission to College of the Ozarks. Thank you for your interest in our school. Next!” I am not sure why a “woke” person would wish to attend a college that promotes biblical world view and is not likely to have enough like minded wokeness to form a club of acceptance.

FIMIKIMy Two Cents

Agreed. The school I went to required that all students and faculty affirm the traditional Christian stance on sexuality, with the understanding that if one does not then they can no longer attend or work for the institution. Visiting the other restroom would indicate the person no longer affirms that standard, so while the school could not remove someone for that action in particular, they could remove someone for breaching their previously-signed agreement.

OldMike

satan’s [deliberate use of disrespectful lowercase s] goal is to destroy human beings, individually and collectively. He does that partly by getting us to violate our Creator’s laws, including those dealing with sexuality. Leftists hold views that humans are just another species of animal, and the product of natural selection/evolution, rather than the Creation of a loving Father in His Image. They consider belief in God and obedience to His Law to be backwards superstition.

Thus the left are willing but unwitting tools of satan. I tend to despise those in the left, but I’m realizing I am actually to love them, pray for them, and whenever possible, introduce them to the Creator who loves them.

Salty1

Missing Trump yet?

FIMIKISalty1

These are difficult times to be a Christian who adheres to the biblical standard of sexuality. May our gracious conduct and humble but firm appeals show the world the character and nature of Christ.

JUSTIN10292000Salty1

YES. Actual performances, policies and procedures "trump" personalities every time. The Usurper is a disaster. Thanks, Never-Trumpers.

SMOR6326Salty1

Our Sovereign Lord saw fit to make Biden our President. Let’s be faithful in the current times we are in and not waste time pining for the past. There is work to be done now in spreading the gospel and being light in a very dark world. Let’s make Christ our focus and not Trump.